Universities Taking Up Graphic Novels

Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book writer. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at graphicfiction.wordpress.com.

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6 Responses

  1. David says:

    Thanks for the article. I applied to Ithaca College, but now I'm thinking I might not like it there. (Which is a shame since they hold the Rod Serling Confrences)

    • Van Jensen says:

      Well, before you blow the whole college off for that I'd say look into it a bit more. My guess is that the Ithaca student newspaper is just read by some people who don't have any comics familiarity and can't imagine that comics have intellectual value. The school's leaders (who probably will play a greater role in your education) seem to think Persepolis is A-OK.

      • David says:

        I know. The college is otherwise pretty nice (the fact they chose Persepolis is pretty impressive), but I've had a feeling for a while that the Ithaca population is too normal for me to fit in. I think I'd be better off at a geeky college like Carnegie Mellon. (KGB FTW)That, and I want to work on my college's newspaper, and after reading through some of the editorials, I'm good.

        • Van Jensen says:

          Good luck, wherever you go. I was very involved with my college newspaper and had a great time at it, but it seems like it was very different from the Ithaca one.

  2. John Tebbel says:

    I hope you learn in college that a newspaper editorial is just one writer's opinion, nothing to generalize about the paper, the community, etc. Hecks wrecks, I live in a town where two newspapers are owned by vulgar Australian Rupert Murdoch.

  3. Russ Rogers says:

    Which graphic novels are of literary merit and worthy of study at the college level? Alan Moore's "Watchmen" would make my list. "Maus," by Spiegelman. Scott McCloud's, "Understanding Comics." I guess "Understanding Comics" would be considered graphic non-fiction, but it's still noteworthy, literary and well worth reading.